Small businesses are big targets for hackers. If you haven’t yet experienced a cyber-attack, it’s not a matter of if, but when. However, a cyber-attack doesn’t have to damage your company, productivity, or bottom line in any way. You can be prepared so when the attack comes, your systems and personnel stop it in its tracks.
How do you make sure this happens?
It’s always smart to get an IT audit, but that can take a few weeks to complete depending on availability in your area. Here are 3 things you can do today that will drastically improve your IT Security.
- Update Computers – Keeping your computers, mobile devices, and cloud services up to date ensures you are getting the best security from your providers. This is an easy step that can increase your security right now.
- Control Access – Don’t give every employee access to every file, database, or device. Allowing only essential personnel to access sensitive data makes it easier to track who has been in and out, and be alerted if someone unauthorized attempts to get access.
- Create secure passwords and rotate them regularly – Make sure no one is using Password123 as their access code. Implement password rules that require passwords to be secure and changed every 90 days.
The steps above are simple. They might even seem obvious and too easy. But, you would be surprised how many companies forget to manage the easy things and suffer a security breach because of it. How many times have you hit the “remind me later” button when your computer told you to change a password or update a software? We are all guilty of skipping the small stuff sometimes.
Implement a system in your business that checks for available updates, monitors employee access, and forces everyone to use secure passwords. You will thank yourself later, especially if you invest in an IT audit. You want the professionals to spend their time implementing cutting edge security measures, not chasing down obvious weaknesses that you could have handled yourself.
If you and your team commit to managing these small things that make a big difference, you can significantly reduce the chances of a cyber-attack damaging your business. A good Cyber Liability policy can cover you if an attacker does manage to get through your defenses. To review yours or learn about your options, give us a call at (916) 984-3000.